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Geta - Stilted wooden sandals with a woven rice straw or fabric thong.

Inakab-kiri Geta - Iron blades were attached to the soles of geta to cut rice straw in the fields.

Jikatabi - Rubber soled tabi cloth boots worn by roofers to work safely.

Karijiki - Japanese rice straw snowshoes developed for safe, dry journeys across snowy terrain.

Matagi - Japanese hunting boots made of boar skin.

Pokkuri Geta - These geta, with bells sewn inside, are named pokkuri after the sound they make when worn. They were worn by girls for a visit to the Shinto shrine for Shichi-go-san, the celebration of girls in their 3rd, 5th and 7th years.

Tabi - Socks with separate toe areas that enable the wearer to grip the straps of geta and zori sandals. Tabi are the only footcoverings traditionally permitted inside Japanese houses.

Tageta - Wooden planks with rice straw straps to carry workers over the muddy floors of the flooded rice fields.

Waraji - Rice straw sandals with cotton rags woven into the toe for extra strength, worn in rural Japan for rough work and long distance journeys.

Zori - The zori developed after the waraji, with rice straw soles and fabric thong uppers.